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Honors

 

The Planner of the Year Award recognizes a planner-member who represents leadership and excellence in the meeting planning profession along with a commitment to the local events community and our chapter.

Criteria for Eligibility:

  • Must be an MPI-CC member for a minimum of 3 consecutive years
  • Served or currently serves as a committee member or committee chair.
  • Demonstrated dedication, commitment and involvement in the meetings industry
  • Has not been selected in the past three years

Past Winners:

  • 2020 - Linda Ilsley, CMP
  • 2019 - Nicole Filippo, MBA, CMP
  • 2018 - Deanna Griffith-House, CMP, CMM
  • 2017 - April Ferguson, CMP, CMM
  • 2016 - Amelia Hodges, CMP, CMM
  • 2015 - Alison Harding, CMP, GTP
  • 2014 - Diane Weems
  • 2013 - John Cruz, CMM
  • 2012 - Louise Paul, CMP, CMM
  • 2011 - Lori Hedrick, CMP, MHA
  • 2010 - Kathy Norris, CMP, CMM
  • 2009 - Wendy Mooneyham, CMP
  • 2008 - Jean Travers, CMP
  • 2007 - Diane Butzer, CMP
  • 2006 – Nancy Lowe, CMP
  • 2005 - Ginny Fountain, CMP

    • 2004 - Nancy Walborn, CMP
    • 2003 - Marla C. Amann, CMP
    • 2002 - Bonnie Wallsh, CMP
    • 2001 - Tina Whitmore
    • 2000 - Flora Moorman, CMP
    • 1999 - Colleen Schwoerke, CMP
    • 1998 - Catherine Voron, CMP, CMM
    • 1997 - Gail Vanderbeck
    • 1996 - Laura Saeger, CMP, CMM
    • 1995 - Cindy C. Smith, CMP
    • 1994 - Linda Cook Morris
    • 1993 - Marie Long, CMP
    • 1992 - Barbara Tilton, CMP
    • 1991 - Alan Skipper, CMP
    • 1990 - Rick Ghoens, CMP
    • 1989 - Martha Satterfield
    • 1988 - Toni Sylvester, CMP
    • 1987 - Linda Roland Crespino
    • 1986 - Nancy Holder
    • 1985 - Nancy Holder

    SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR

    The Supplier of the Year Award recognizes a supplier-member who represents leadership and excellence in the meeting planning profession along with a commitment to the local events community and our chapter.

    Criteria for Eligibility:

    • Must be an MPI-CC member for a minimum of 3 consecutive years
    • Served or currently serves as a committee member or committee chair.
    • Demonstrated dedication, commitment and involvement in the meetings industry
    • Has not been selected in the past three years  

    Past Winners:

    • 2020 - Barbara Dragan
    • 2019 - Mica Parekh, CMP
    • 2018 - Farrah Staub, CMP
    • 2017 - Maureen Donovan
    • 2016 - Myron Jones
    • 2015 - Erin Moye
    • 2014 - Molly Johnson, CMP
    • 2013 - Loretta Yingling, CMP
    • 2012 - Malinda Harrell, CMP, CASE
    • 2011 - Corey Bizzell
    • 2010 - Myron Jones
    • 2009 - Scott Moore
    • 2008 - Kay Grant, CMP
    • 2007 - Kathy Flowe, CMP
    • 2006 – Lenore Donaldson
    • 2005 - Scott Crotty
    • 2004 - Linda Isley, CMP
    • 2003 - Andrew D. Schmidt, CHME
    • 2002 - Joe Blake
    • 2001 - Heidi Walters, CHME
    • 2000 - Candy Cline
    • 1999 - Susie Lichenstein, CMP
    • 1998 - Brenda Dempsey
    • 1997 - Judy Green, CHME
    • 1996 - Michael Carrier
    • 1995 - Sandra Hale
    • 1994 - Leslie Dillingham
    • 1993 - Bill Johnson
    • 1992 - Liz Guertin
    • 1991 - Jan Hogan
    • 1990 - Linda Blume
    • 1989 - Bob McCoy
    • 1988 - Lee Dodson
    • 1987 - Vince Chelena
    • 1986 - Bill Caldwell
    • 1985 - Alan Campey
    Cory D BizzellThe Bizzell Award of Excellence was created in memory of Corey D. Bizzell, a longtime member of the Carolinas Chapter of MPI. Corey exemplified excellence and dedication, not only to the chapter, but in every aspect of his life. Bizzell was a constant advocate of elevating our meetings industry to the next level. In honor of his legacy, the President will award a chapter member who has demonstrated a superior level of excellence, passion, and leadership in their service to MPI-CC.  

     

    AWARD RECIPIENTS 

    • 2020 - Vince Chelena
    • 2019 - Molly Johnson, CMP
    • 2018 - Christine Irwin, CMP and Sarah Johnson
    • 2017 - Tim Miron
    • 2016 - Malinda Harrell, CMP, CASE
    • 2015 - Ginny Fountain, CMP, CMM

     

    This award is presented to a MPI-CC member who is going above and beyond as a volunteer to the Carolinas Chapter. They can be a committee chair, committee member or even a brand new MPI-CC member who has already started to shine. Volunteer of the Year will be selected from the 4 recipients of the Volunteer of the Quarter award each year.

    Criteria for Eligibility:

    • Current, active MPI-CC Member
    • Currently employed as a meeting planner or industry supplier
    • Committee Membership (current Board of Directors is not eligible)
    • Involvement in committee-driven initiatives within the past year

    PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS 

    • 2020 - Rachel Whitten
    • 2019 - Olivia Terrell 
    • 2018 - Cathy Mauldin, CMP
    • 2017 - Kathy B. Flowe, CMP
    • 2016 - Linda Ilsley, CMP

    This award recognizes the meeting that had the greatest impact on our members and provided a return on investment.  Board will review candidates provided by the Management Office, based on overall attendee evaluation score of the venue and welcome reception. Certificates of appreciation will be awarded to all vendors involved in producing the meeting.

    Criteria for Eligibility:

    With this award being presented at the Annual meeting in May, the meetings that are eligible are the Annual Meeting (May) from the previous fiscal year through the March meeting of the current fiscal year. 

    PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS 

    • 2020 - Graylyn International Conference Center - January 2020 Chapter Meeting
    • 2019 - Marriott Twin City Quarter / Benton Convention Center - July 2018 Chapter Meeting
    • 2018 - The StateView Hotel - March 2018 Chapter Meeting
    • 2017 - Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley - September 2016 Education & Business Exchange
    • 2016 - Spartanburg Marriott - March 2016 Chapter Meeting

    This award honors the Committee's outstanding contributions to the Chapter during the current year and is selected by the Chapter President, President-Elect and Immediate Past President. 

    PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS 

    2020 - Member Engagement

    Alicia Miller
    Yolanda Diaz
    Olivia Terrell
    Rachel Whitten
    Teresa Gitomer
    Alicia Perry
    Heide Roland
    Diane Weems
    Benny Williford
    Claudia Wooten-Outlaw
    Tammy Pleasants-Merritt
    Brittany Ruebesam
    Lance Miller
    Tarshi McCoy

    2019 - Marketing & Communications Committee
    Mindy Kozlowski
    Najauna White
    Ashelyn Roberts
    Cathy Mauldin
    Nicole Filippo, CMP

    2018 - Education Committee
    Wendy Jeffries - Co-Chair
    Alison Flaig - Co-Chair
    Nicole Filippo
    Sharon Elder
    Tammy Jeffries

    2017 - Social Media Committee
    Mica Parekh - Committee Chair
    Jean Travers
    Neelam Patel
    Tennessa Moore
    Najauna White

    The Hall of Fame Award recognizes a long-standing MPI-CC member who has continually contributed to the chapter with their ongoing commitment and a strong sense of leadership and volunteerism. This person has exemplified professionalism, dedication and overall excellence in the chapter, the meetings industry and in the community in which they serve.

    Criteria for Eligibility:

    • Current, active MPI-CC Member with minimum of 10 years of membership
    • Served or currently serves as a committee member, committee chair or Board member
    • Has not been previously selected.
    • Nomination will be reviewed and approved by current Board of Directors. 

    Past Winners:

    • 2020 - Lori Hedrick, CMP, CMM, MHA, CSEP
    • 2019 - Rod Abraham
    • 2018 - Molly Johnson, CMP
    • 2017 - Christian Schroeder
    • 2016 - Malinda Harrell, CMP, CASE
    • 2015 - Nancy Lowe, CMP
    • 2014 - Kathy B. Flowe, CMP
    • 2013 - Ginny Fountain, CMP
    • 2012 - Andrew Schmidt, CHME
    • 2011 Joe Blake
    • 2010 - Lenore Donaldson
    • 2009 - Heidi Walters, CHME
    • 2008 - Linda Ilsley, CMP
    • 2007 - Linda Ekeland
    • 2006 - Jerry Lotich
    • 2005 - Candy Cline
    • 2004 - Catherine Voron, CMP, CMM
    • 2003 - Melvin Tennant, CAE
    • 2002 - Judy Green, CHME
    • 2001 - Liz Guertin

    TOMORROW'S LEADER AWARD:

    This award recognizes a Chapter member for their enthusiastic contributions to the chapter, involvement in a committee and demonstrated leadership ability during their first four years of membership in MPI and MPI Carolina’s Chapter.

    Criteria for Eligibility:

    • Current, active MPI-CC Member with 4 years or less of membership and service
    • Currently employed as a meeting planner or industry supplier
    • Has not been selected in the past three years
    • Demonstrates exemplary leadership skills

    Past Winners:

    • 2020 - Olivia Terrell
    • 2019 - Najauna White
    • 2018 - Karen Wall
    • 2017 - Mallory Middleton, CMP
    • 2016 - Selah Bideau, TMP
    • 2015 - Amelia Hodges, CMP, CMM
    • 2014 - Kevin Snyder
    • 2013 - Wendy Mesa
    • 2012 - Adair Yatko
    • 2011 - Lisa Barber, CHSP
    • 2010 - April Ferguson, CMP, CMM
    • 2009 - Malinda Harrell, CASE, CMP
    • 2008 - Alison Harding, CMP, GTP, CMM
    • 2007 - Diane Godwin
    • 2006 - Scott Moore
    • 2005 - Monica Smith, CMP
    • 2004 - Scott Crotty
    • 2003 - Ginny Fountain, CMP, CMM
    • 2002 - Lenore Donaldson
    • 2001 - Elizabeth Lyons, CMP

    PRESIDENT'S AWARD:

    This award is selected by the current Chapter President. This is not a mandatory award that must be given each year, but it is at the discretion of the Chapter President. It goes to a Chapter member whom the president feels has given 110% to MPI-CC during his/her membership and may be awarded at any bi-monthly meeting and/or at the annual meeting.

    Past Winners:

    • 2020 - Nicole Filippo, CMP
    • 2019 - Maureen Donovan
    • 2018 - Amelia Hodges, CMP, CMM
    • 2017 - Molly Johnson, CMP
    • 2016 - Christine Irwin, CMP
    • 2015 - Christine Irwin, CMP
    • 2014 - Lenore Donaldson
    • 2013 - Ginny Fountain, CMP and Beverly Abraham
    • 2012 - Vince Chelena
    • 2011 - Linda Ilsley, CMP
    • 2010 - Linda Ilsley, CMP and Amanda DeHaven
    • 2009 - Diane Butzer, CMP, CMM
    • 2008 - Tim Miron
    • 2007 - Kathy Flowe, CMP
    • 2006 - Heidi Walters, CHME and Erin Moye
    • 2005 - Andrew Schmidt, CHME
    • 2004 - Danny Treece
    • 2003 - Karen Knox, CMP and Brenda Taylor
    • 2002 - Judy Green, CHME

     

    Do You Know a Volunteer of the Quarter? We have so many active members who deserve recognition for their efforts! If you know of someone who is going above and beyond, share their name and volunteer accomplishments with us so we can give them a shout out. This person can be a committee chair or member or even a brand new MPI-CC member who has already started to shine. Volunteer of the Quarter Awards are given quarterly and nominations are accepted all the time! Please send your nomination to Beth Tanner at beth.tanner@duke.edu.

    Click here to nominate a Volunteer of the Quarter

    2020

    January
    Alicia Miller, CMP
    Raleigh Chamber

    April
    Cathy Mauldin, CMP
    DESA, Inc.

    2019

    January
    Ashelyn Roberts
    ConferenceDirect

     

    March
    Najauna White
    Discover Durham


    July

    Yolanda Diaz
    DoubleTree by Hilton Raleigh Brownstone University


    September
    Rachel Whitten
    Greenville-Pitt County CVB

    2018

    November
    Jamie Frydlo
    Hotel Indigo RTP

    2017

    September
    Lori Hedrick, CMP, CMM, MHA, CSEP
    Burroughs Wellcome Fund

    2016

    March
    Jennifer Kist, CMP
    Vroomz

    Farrah Staub, CMP
    Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley


    November
    Ginny Fountain, CMP, CMM
    NC Association of Electric Cooperatives

    2015

    January
    Cathy Mauldin, CMP
    DESA, Inc. 

    2014

    March
    Randi Sullivan
    DoubleTree by Hilton Columbia

     

    July
    Brittany O’Shaughnessy
    Francis Marion Hotel

     

    September
    Stephen Valliere
    Hawks Cay Island Resort

     

    November
    Kimberly Harrelson
    Kingsmill Resort

    2013

    January
    Tonya Miller
    Embassy Suites Greensboro

    March
    Lenore Donaldson
    The Carolina Inn

    July
    Alison Harding, CMP
    Global Knowledge

    September
    Kevin Snyder
    Inspir-Active Solutions, Inc.

    November
    Jeanette Keys
    Greenville Convention Center

     

     

    2011

    January
    Diane Kinlaw
    Destination Site Visit

    March
    Myron Jones
    Fayetteville CVB

    July
    Jean Travers 
    HelmsBriscoe

     

    September
    April Clark Ferguson, CMP
    Experient, Onsite at Cisco Systems

    November
    Dayma Edwards, CMP
    Wilmington Regional Association

    of REALTORS

    2010

    January
    Alyce Kelly
    Sheraton Atlantic Oceanfront Hotel

    March
    Louise Paul, CMP, CMM
    Cisco Systems

    July
    Joe Murtagh
    The Dream Speaker

    September
    Annette Zarriello, CMP, CMM
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC

    November
    Karolyn Stone, CHSP, CMP
    Marriott and Courtyard Columbia Downtown

    2009

    January
    Maureen Donovan
    Holiday Inn Sunspree Wrightsville Beach

    March
    April Clark, CMP 
    North Carolina Advocates for Justice

    July
    Karen Knox, CMP, CMM
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC

    September
    Patricia Easley
    Norfolk Marriott

    November
    Kathryn Byrd, CMP, CPP
    Meetings Plus More! LLC

    2008

    January
    Wendy Bassett, CMP
    HelmsBriscoe

    March
    Jean Travers
    HelmsBriscoe

    July
    David Perez
    Crown Plaza Resort Asheville

    September
    Diane Butzer, CMP
    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC

    November
    Tracie Panko
    The Carolina Inn

    2007

    January
    Danna Lilly
    Myrtle Beach Area CVB

    March
    Myron Jones 
    Fayetteville CVB

    July
    Carol Hawks Smith
    Harrah's Cherokee Casino Hotel

    September
    Karolyn Stone, CHSP, CMP
    Marriott Columbia

    November
    Regan Hodges 
    Harris Conference Center 

    2006

    July
    Marie Stiles, CMP
    Meetings with Style LLC

    September
    Dianne Brice
    Visit Charlotte

    November 
    Kay Grant, CMP
    Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club


     

     


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